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San Francisco gets $1M to build a biodiesel plant
East Bay Business Times - by Lindsay Riddell
San Francisco received $1 million grant from the San Francisco
Public Utilities Commission to build its first biodiesel plant to
recycle restaurant grease.
The city started a free grease collection program last year --
collecting used cooking oil from restaurants that it sells to
biodiesel producers. But now the city will have the ability to
make its own.
The new facility will be located at the Oceanside Sewage Treatment
Plant. And it will be the first of its kind to produce fuel from
both yellow grease, the kind that comes out of a fryer, and brown
grease, a lower-quality feedstock for making biodiesel made up of
pan scrapings and trappings under a restaurant sink.
The city wants to create a closed loop where all of the grease its
restaurants produce is recycled and used to power the city's fleet
of biodiesel trucks. This is one more step toward that process.
Biodiesel producers including Blue Sky Biofuels of Oakland have
complained that the city is infringing on their businesses. They
used to charge a collection fee but the city's program forced them
to drop the fee, which squeezed margins. Some small biofuels
producers have even shut down because they can't get enough grease
and can't sell it cheap enough to compete with larger producers or
with the price of gasoline if they can't collect the pick-up fee.